‘Street art, or guerilla art, needs to be reinvented in dialogue with the Renaissance city,' says Clet Abraham, the French-born artist who has come into the public eye for his surprising interventions in public spaces. I sat down with him to learn more about his project and to discuss the role of street art in Florence.
You may not know it, but you've probably seen work by Clet out on the streets. Since last summer, he's been conducting night-time blitzes to alter traffic signs: a silhouette of a man carrying away the no-entry bar; a dead-end ‘T' sign becomes a pietà or a crucifix. The figure is created with a black sticker that is easily removable.
In October he received a 400 euro fine for his efforts: altered, the signs violate local traffic laws. Undeterred, Clet not only continued his work but began thinking bigger.